It’s week four of sheltering-in-place. The days have long since blurred together. I’ve learned to deduce the time of day based on the contents of the cup I am slowly sipping from. The fact that it still holds coffee suggests it’s not the afternoon. Can having a “few” drinks to pass the time be considered “deviant” behavior? Possibly? Do I feel those pangs of shame that my criminology professors said would accompany breaking social norms? Not really. Perhaps I should since April is National Alcohol Awareness month which seeks to bring attention to unsafe or unhealthy drinking habits. However, it is not too unusual to use alcohol to cope with stressful and uncertain circumstances—for example, a pandemic.
At least that’s what I tell myself. Continue reading “Quarantine Responsibly: Drinking in Self-Isolation”
This week in the news: Hotels in the hot seat for human trafficking, coronavirus threatens jails and prisons, America’s “digital prison,” a pre-arraignment counsel pilot program, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: Rise of the Digital Prison”
This week in the news: Children 6 and up taught how to reverse an opioid overdose, women receive harsher punishments in prison than men, 70 percent of the public supports “second look” policy, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: Questions on Reform”
Friday News Roundup: A first, Florida, & Future of Bail Reform
This week in the news: A first-of-its-kind lawsuit brought against a motel by a human trafficking survivor was settled, a victory for voting rights in Florida and for fighting the opioid crisis in Chicago, courts as an avenue for bail reform, and more.
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This week in the news: Witness mis-identification, discovery reform law helps defense fight fair, three reports offer a look at criminal justice by numbers, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: Innocent Until Proven Guilty?”
This week in the news: Bail reform from New York to Michigan, who gets charged for an overdose, calls for more funding in the public defense system, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: Bail Reform Continues Making Headlines”
This week in the news: Missouri’s new Supreme Court chief justice says our public defender system needs to be sufficiently funded and staffed for the system to work; bail reform in New York; a look at problem-solving and veterans treatment courts; and more.
Continue reading “In Support of a Sufficiently Funded Public Defender System”
This week in the news: Art programs, JPMorgan, and Michigan all offer second chances, voting restoration wins in both Florida and Minnesota, how Kim Foxx has changed prosecutions in Cook County, and more.
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Public defenders are heroes. That message rang loud and clear throughout the third annual Smart on Crime Innovations Conference. From opening remarks by John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Karol Mason who explicitly highlighted defenders as criminal justice reform leaders to the plenary session on day two when Mark Holden and Justice Programs Office Director Kim Ball had a passionate conversation about why the Sixth Amendment matters.
Continue reading “Public Defenders are Heroes”
This week in the news: Read about elderly people who are incarcerated, how it can be difficult to find employment or housing after being released from prison, what Ben & Jerry’s is doing for justice reform, new defense spending in Austin, Texas, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: September 6, 2019”